What Is Cooperative Extension?

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It’s been said that Cooperative Extension is North Carolina’s best kept secret. This is one secret that doesn’t need to be kept. It’s time to get out there and shout it from the roof tops!

Cooperative Extension is your expert source for unbiased, research based information. Our motto is “Empowering People, Providing Solutions” and that is exactly what we do. We are the agency that provides help for those that want to help themselves by doing things the right way the first time. We won’t do the work for you but we will provide you with all the correct information so you can do it. By utilizing Extension Agents, a person can bypass the hassle of trial and error and move forward in a productive way.

So what exactly is Cooperative Extension? The Smith-Lever act of 1914 created Extension by authorizing on farm experiments in order to help farmers with productivity and insect/disease control. NC Extension is one of the 3 tiers of NC State University which are, Research, Extension and Academics. Over 100 years later we are still around and still working with farmers to feed the world. Although farmers are a big part of our jobs, we also help many others such as landscapers and homeowners with lawn and garden issues. No matter the size of your need, we are here to help and strive to provide excellent, accurate and unbiased service to meet your specific need. In addition to those horticultural matters, we also work in the areas of food preservation, nutrition, health and 4-H. These areas go hand in hand with our agricultural pursuits and prepare the next generation for leadership roles not only in Agriculture but also business, politics, etc.

The next time you have a problem with any agricultural related issues, food preservation or nutrition make your first call the Cooperative Extension. If you have children that would like to get ahead in life, learn real life skills and increase their chances of being successful in life, call Cooperative Extension. We are your source for the unbiased, research based information and education that will take you to the next level. Whether your operation is large, small or if you are an individual homeowner, Cooperative Extension can help. If you’re not utilizing Cooperative Extension, you are missing out on a valuable, free resource!